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Biella Coleman

 Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Professor, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University.


Gabriella (Biella) Coleman is a full professor in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University and is a faculty associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society. Her scholarship covers the politics, cultures, and ethics of hacking.

Scholarly beginnings

A research idea

Envisioning possible futures in the field of communication and media studies

Learn more about Prof. Coleman’s journey

Selected readings

Wearing Many Hats: The Rise of the Professional Security Hacker (with Matt Goerzen). Data and Society Special Report. January 2022. [co-author]

From Internet Farming to Weapons of the Geek. Current Anthropology 58 (S15) 2017: 91-102.

XReconsidering Anonymity and Anonymous in the Age of Narcissism. In The Aesthetics and Politics of the Online Self. Donatella Della Ratta et al. eds, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021: 239-262.

Gopher, Translator, and Trickster. Truth be Told. Didier Fassin. ed. Durham: Duke University Press, June 2017: 19-46.

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous. London and New York: Verso, November 2014

Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking. Princeton University Press, January 2013.

Watch Prof. Coleman present “The Hack and Leak and the Rise of a New Hacktivist Tactic” at the Center for Latinx Digital Media

Listen to Prof. Coleman’s insights about her professional journeys in El Café Latinx podcast